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Gustav Iden & Kristian Blummenfelt: Lessons From The Norwegian Train Reign

By October 20, 2022January 5th, 2023No Comments
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Episode #712



There are professionals. There are Olympians. But rare is the athlete who is so entirely and utterly devoted to sport in mind, body, and soul, that they exceed titles all together.

Today I am lucky to host two of these extraordinary individuals: Norsemen Gustav Iden & Kristian Blummenfelt.

Childhood friends and constant training companions, Gustav and Kristian are taking over the triathlon world with ferocity—leaving no stone unturned, and no championship unconquered.

In an unprecedented period of just 9 months, Kristian was crowned Olympic champion in Tokyo and bagged the fastest Ironman performance ever in his debut. He became the first person to crush the 140.6 distance in under 7 hours at the Sub7 Project, clocking an astonishing (assisted, yes, but still astonishing) 6:44, and walked away victorious at the 2021 Ironman World Championships in St. George, Utah. 

After winning the 2021 70.3 World Champion title, this year Gustav had a spectacular 2022 debut victory at the Ironman World Championships in Kona—a race in which Kristian placed 3rd—emerging from Kristian’s formidable shadow and smashing the overall Kona course record with a blistering 7:40:24. On top of that, he rewrote the marathon course record with a 2:36;15 26.2. 

“It took 10 years and a high volume of quality training to accomplish my dream. I was training more at 14 years old than some pros do today—that’s what it takes.”


Racing in tandem until the very end, Gustav and Kristian gave mindboggling, paradigm-crushing performances at the 2022 Ironman World Championship this year. It was an unforgettable barnburner of a race, and today we dive deep into the metrics and mechanics of that epic day. We talk about:

  • the nature of their training and recovery;
  • the extreme science and data mining that underscores their racing protocols;
  • their advice for amateur athletes;
  • how they maintain a close friendship as competitors;
  • the ins and outs of advanced lactate testing, threshold training, race day nutrition;
  • the type of mindset needed to crush audacious goals; and more.

The visually inclined can watch the magic transpire on YouTube. As always, the podcast streams wild and free on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

Final Note: If you dig this conversation, look out for my upcoming podcast with their coach (and mad genius) Olav Aleksander Bu, which will be released in the not-so-distant future.

The Norwegian Train is in the house. Tuck into that aero position, hammer some watts, and enjoy.

Peace + Plants,

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